In Language Arts for the past week we have been working on a project that might sound a little crazy. We worked on our brains. We had to draw our brain and write words sticking out of the brain that we think are important to us. Then we also put our Life List in. I really enjoyed this project. I hope the 6th graders next year get to do this.
This year we have been given the opportunity of using iPads. IPads are great for projects. The apps I use for projects are: Evernote, Pages, Keynote, Google Docs, Skitch, and Sketchbook. My favorite app would probably be Evernote because I love the layout and it’s really easy to use. IPads have helped me in a great way by taking notes, studying, sharing notes, and having access to teachers notebooks. I use my iPad in every class but rarely in math class. We mostly use it in Language Arts. I am very happy that we had the chance to use iPads.
This year in Language Arts we have been working on this program called Membean. Membean is an online vocabulary program. It’s a great way to learn more vocabulary words. I like Membean because it’s online and it’s constantly giving you the words you are learning. That’s how I learn words best.
Membean also gives you new words and you can go to different levels. I think I have come a long way this year by learning 350 new words. I see these word in almost every book I read now and I understand it even more.
We also got to write the developers of Membean. They wrote us back too, which was so cool. I am very excited to use Membean in the summer because when I come back to school after summer I won’t feel like don’t know anything. I would definitely recommend this to students next year. Membean is great!
In Language Arts class we are reading The Giver. In The Giver, the Giver gives the Receiver memories, especially the memory of snow. If I were the Giver I would give him the memory of the beach because there is sun shining, the ocean, sandcastles, and boogie boarding, and body surfing. My favorite is swimming in the ocean. There is so much to do at the beach. I love the beach so much and this is why I would give the memory to the Receiver.
In Language Arts class we are reading a book called The Giver. They live in an ideal society. I think the perfect teacher would be caring for her/his students, respectful, very organized with his/her work, and not in a bad mood every day. Teachers should never yell at their students. These are the things I think a perfect teacher would be.
On May 8, 2013 Mrs. Donnelly’s class went to TABLE for community service. It is an organization in our local community. Table does something very special. It is all volunteers. Table is a small house filled with food . It helps kids who don’t have food on the weekend. Kids at school get lunches in a cafeteria but don’t have anything at home to eat. TABLE helps them out by giving them food. We first started by weighing our food. We donated 260 pounds of food. Then we wrote the expiration date on the food containers. After that we put the food in the correct category in a basket. And last we put them on the shelves. Table is a great organization and a great place. I hope I can go again.
In Language Arts we are currently reading the book The Giver. In this book their are different ceremonies for every age. At age twelve you get an assignment which is going to be your career for the rest of your life. This is given to you by the government and you don’t just get a job the government looks at your records. I think I would be assigned to be a professional basketball player because I have been playing for a long time. I play travel, rec, and at school. I would be the best in the town and representative. My whole family would be proud of me and I would donate money to the town. They would make a statue of me in the middle of the city.
On April 29, 2013 we had a chance to dress up as a Westing Game Character for extra credit. We didn’t know that we could dress up as a character until that Saturday morning. Mrs. Donnelly sent us a email about dressing up and it was on Evernote. I was at a basketball tournament at the time but my mom got the email and she said you better start working on the project. I started working on it that night like wearing a track jacket, two medals, and a track number. And the best part about it was that I got to wear a medal that I just won the day before!
Sweating, trembling, hoping, the princess’s lover walked to the two doors. He thought about which one he was going to open. The man was scared because everyone was chanting OPEN IT!!!!! Over and over. Some people in the crowed were even throwing things at him, especially coins, food, and even bottles.
He walked up to the door. He thought and thought and thought about which door he was going to pick. He just stood there with grief. He fell to his knees praying that he was going to die.
He got up and opened the door on the right. There was nothing there in the dark room but this sign that said, “Look behind you.” As he turned his head he saw the princess and the tiger with vicious looks on their faces.
The princesses lover was very scared trembling and tensing up. The princess was still mad at the man for flirting with that other lady. The tiger was drooling. He was so hungry. In a blink of an eye, the tiger and the princess started to run after the man into the dark room. There was a door that no one knew about. The man found that door but it was too late. The tiger ripped him to shreds. Blood was everywhere all on the walls and floor. The princess also had blood all over her, but you could see her laughing with a grin on her face. Anyone in her way to not lover deserved to be killed.
Photo taken by Michael
Since January we have been writing and making our hero books. It has been a lot of fun, but there were a lot of difficult things too. One difficult thing while doing the hero book was picking a hero. It was tough for me because I really love both of my parents, but I had to choose one. I chose my mom. Also, I loved making the books, and I thought I did a great job on my hero book. The hero books were great. Thank you, Mrs. Donnelly, for all you have done.